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October 15, 2013

Equestrian Lee Pearson has claimed he will travel to Sochi and speak out against the 'gay propaganda' laws

A British gay Paralympic athlete is to risk jail and deportation at next year’s Winter Games held in Russia next year.

Lee Pearson MBE, a 39-year-old equestrian athlete who has won 10 Paralympic golds, has said he will travel to Sochi and hopes to ‘embarrass’ Russia.

After the introduction of ‘gay propaganda’ laws by Vladimir Putin’s government, last weekend alone there were 67 arrests in St Petersburg.

August 20, 2013

The International Olympic Committee needs to show its commitment to both helping Russia’s LGBT community through the Sochi Winter Olympics and tackling homophobia in sport

As the approach of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games raises attention to the official and unofficial homophobia of host country Russia, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) responses, or lack thereof, are increasingly disturbing.

Despite the rising calls for action, the IOC has remained impervious to appeals to work together to identify the problem and propose solutions.

August 17, 2013

But USOC is asking that athletes abide by it anyway

The US Olympic Committee has publicly denounced Russia's anti-gay propaganda law but is asking athletes to abide by it anway at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun told Russia’s R-Sport. on Friday (16 August) that the law is 'inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic and Paralympic movements.'

July 31, 2013

'We know that LGBT athletes are not alone in being revolted by these laws and the behavior of Russian authorities'

A coalition that includes some of the largest international LGBT sports organizations is calling on the International Olympic Committee to host a Sochi Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The request comes due to host Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws which have others calling for a complete boycott of the games.

April 29, 2013

Lesbian broadcaster's coverage of the London Olympics and Paralympics has earned her a special award for television

Lesbian broadcaster Clare Balding is to receive a special award for reporting on the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games at this year’s BAFTAs.

She is to be presented with an achievement award for factual presenting.

The BAFTA committee commended her work saying Balding has become a national treasure.

September 10, 2012

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, who was victim of anti-gay abuse during games, will join hundreds of athletes in parade through central London

Gay British athletes from the Olympics and Paralympics are expected to join a victory parade through the center of London today (10 September).

Thousands will line the streets of the UK capital to watch London 2012 stars celebrate their success in the games on 21 floats.

Carl Hester was the only gay sportsman to represent Britain in the Olympics and took gold in the equestrian dressage event.

September 6, 2012

Gay film tells the story of an athlete who suffered a tragic sports accident, and has to start his life over again

As the Paralympics continues to show off real-life superhumans who have battled against adversity to display their talents, a new drama is hoping to inspire as well.

Morgan tells the story of a young athlete who is faced with adapting to his new identity as a paraplegic after a tragic sports accident.

Filmmakers Michael Akers and Sandon Berg were inspired when they were casting another independent film, and a man who responded to the ad was in a wheelchair.

September 6, 2012

GB's Claire Harvey may not have won a medal, but the sitting volleyball captain is looking forward to Rio 2016

The only openly lesbian athlete of the Paralympic Games 2012 has left the competition without winning a single match.

But Great Britain’s Claire Harvey, who captained the sitting volleyball team, has left the Games with her pride intact.

After losing out to Japan in three sets to zero, she said: ‘This was always going to be a very tough tournament.

‘It was all about gaining experience in this sort of arena, which you don't get anywhere else, and to take our sport into Rio.’

September 4, 2012

One of Britain's most successful Paralympians misses out on gold for second time in London at freestyle equestrian event

Gay equestrian athlete Lee Pearson has missed out on a gold medal for the second time in the Paralympics, taking bronze in the individual freestyle dressage event.

Pearson won his 10th gold medal in Sunday’s (2 September) team event and was hoping to add another to his collection in yesterday’s (3 september) event in London, putting him on a par with Britain's most successful Paralympian wheel-chair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson.

September 1, 2012

British Paralympian wins his first silver in the London 2012 games in the individual dressage event

Gay equestrian athlete Lee Pearson has won a silver medal at London 2012.

Winning the second prize at the dressage this afternoon (1 September), the Briton and his horse Gentleman were pipped to the post by Australian Joann Formosa who made his Paralympic debut.

Pearson came top of his category (Ib), just, on Thursday (30 August) but was hampered by poor weather conditions.

But winning the preliminary meant the 38-year-old stood an unassailable advantage over the other competitors.

August 31, 2012

Paralympics British athlete may think more about his hair than his legs, but the equestrian athlete is hoping for success

Gay para-equestrian athlete Lee Pearson is going for his 10th, 11th and 12th Paralympic gold medals.

The Briton, who has won three sets of three dressage gold medals consecutively at the last three Games, is hoping to win again at the home Paralympics.

August 27, 2012

Only two athletes out of 4,200, a shocking 0.5%, have come out as gay

When you are a gay Paralympian, you have to triumph over more than adversity.

Not only do you have to overcome myths about gay people in sport, but your disability as well.

Out of 4,200 athletes competing in 503 medal events, only two so far have been open about their sexuality.

This means only 0.05% of athletes will be openly gay at the Paralympic Games.

Both British-born athletes, Lee Pearson and Claire Harvey are flying the flag for Team LGBT in the Paralympic Games.

July 22, 2012

Within minutes of Olympic teams arriving, the app crashes in East London due to high volume of demand

The gay dating app Grindr crashed due to a massive increase in demand, which some believe has something to do with the first Olympic athletes arriving in London.

Technical experts believe the arrival of the teams on Monday (16 July) crashed the service in East London, the place where many athletes and tourists are staying during the event.

Grindr allows users to pinpoint potential partners using iPhone’s GPS system, as well as chatting to new people and friends.

July 20, 2012

A tiny fraction, far less than 1%, of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be openly LGBT – meet the few who are going for gold

With Olympics bosses accused of failing to stand up for the rights of gay athletes, just how many out LGBT sportsmen and women are there competing in this year’s games? The answer: Not a lot.

According to blog Outsports.com, there are only 18 athletes playing for our team out of a total of 12,602. That’s a shocking less than 0.008%.

June 29, 2012

LGBT sports and athletics teams are to hold taster sessions during the Olympics period to attract new members as part of Out For Sport Week

London’s LGBT sports and athletics teams are hoping to attract greater interest in sport through a series of ‘taster sessions’ between the Olympics closing ceremony and the Paralympic Games.

The event will run from 15 to 19 August.

Sports on offer to anyone include, football, hockey, kickboxing, martial arts, running, sailing, swimming, synchronised swimming, tennis and water polo. Out For Sport Week is also working to include teams of rugby, volleyball, softball and rowing.

May 17, 2012

Sitting volleyball champion Claire Harvey, due to compete in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, supports UK capital's bid to host Gay Games

A lesbian Paralympic athlete backs London’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018.

London 2018, the organizing committee for the bid, is seeking support for all 26 sports featured in the international tournament, as well as patrons from the LGBT sports world.

Claire Harvey, a sitting volleyball athlete playing for the Great Britain team in the Paralympics in London this summer, has also been announced as a patron for the bid.

Jonathan Harbourne, co-chair of the bid, said it is a huge honor to have Harvey as a patron.

May 16, 2012

GSN investigates what London’s Olympic organizers have done to involve LGBT people, give them a presence at the games and leave a legacy for gay sport

‘Hard to spot and easy to miss,’ that’s veteran activist Peter Tatchell’s take on the LGBT presence at the London Olympics.

If he’s right, it’ll be a sad irony. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people seem to have been integral to winning the games for London (diversity was a key part of the bid to the International Olympic Committee) and gay individuals and businesses will also play a big role in delivering the games.